St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy was established by Bishop Richard J. Malone to serve those who wish to make use of the Missal of 1962 as provided by Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum.”
According to the terms of the Motu Proprio, any priest may provide a Mass in the extraordinary form to those who request it. However, the bishop felt that under the particular circumstances in the diocese, the most practical solution was to create a Chaplaincy to serve the various individuals and communities attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. It is hoped that this will best serve to promote the peace and unity of the Church which the Holy Father desires as he expressed in “Summorum Pontificum”.
Beginning on July 1, 2008, Father Robert Parent formally began his position as Chaplain to the “Latin Mass” community in southern and central Maine.